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Shouldn’t police and crime commissioners focus on all crimes?
Yes. Police and crime commissioners will aim to cut all crime.
But if there are certain crimes that you are more worried about, or that are a particular problem in your area, your police and crime commissioner will ensure this gets reflected in local police and crime plans.
Police officers will still have the ability and discretion to pursue all crime wherever they find it and in the best way they see fit but your police and crime commissioner will ensure that any specific concerns of the community are also met.
Will police and crime commissioners actually be able to make a difference?
Yes. Police and crime commissioners will help cut crime and hold your police force to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see.
They will ensure the police focus on the crimes that matter most to you and set police and community safety budgets - deciding where the money is best spent.
Your police and crime commissioner will work with local partners such as social landlords, councils, health, and drug and alcohol organisations to not only fight crime and anti-social behaviour but to prevent it.
Won’t police and crime commissioners politicise policing?
No. The job of the police and crime commissioners is to ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence in the system and restoring trust.
It will not be for the police and crime commissioners to tell the professionals how to do their job properly. The operations of the police will not be politicised; who is arrested and how investigations work will not become political decisions.
Police and crime commissioners will be required to swear an oath of impartiality when coming into office and a policing protocol sets out where their role ends and the chief constable’s begins.
When can I find out who is standing in my area?
The final list of candidates will be published on www.choosemypcc.org.uk on 26 October.
If you register at www.choosemypcc.org.uk now, we will send you an email when final candidate details are published.
Do we need police and crime commissioners?
Yes. Policing minister Damian Green explains the role in the film below.